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Poster: SDH2O Date: Dec 1, 2006 6:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: The Sleeper Has Awoken

WARNING!! The following posting is the result of a few good swigs on a bottle of Scotland's finest, read on at your own risk!

OK, for those of you following my conversations with the wordsmith and dire, I have been enjoying some exceptional Scottish export this evening with a good friend. After a nice meal, we zapped on the old idiot box, intending to just settle in and find a good flick (the wives had adjourned to a different area, leaving the boys to be boys). Well we happen across "Dune", the film of Frank Herbert's SciFi classic novels. If you have never seen it, it is truly unusual and you either really like it or really hate it (most folks are the latter, I'm in the middle). Anway, halfway into the movie, the hero discovers his true identity and destiny, and the phrase "The sleeper has awoken" is used. This phrase really made me think about my experience here (the scotch also helped this use of the inner eye). As I believe I covered in one of my first posts, when I left everything behind in the NorthEast and travelled to Arizona to "start over", I also ended up leaving my Dead identity behind as well. It wasn't a conscious thing, it just kind of happened. All my former touring buddies and trading folks had separated and scattered to the four winds. Being on my own, and then as I found new friends, I gradually found myself listening to less and less Dead as those around me didn't "get it". Eventually it culminated during a yard sale I was having with my future wife, we were clearing out junk before moving to a new place. During the sale, a very "mellow" looking man approached, wearing a very well-worn tye die with "Red Rocks '87" in faded letters. I quickly struck up a conversation with the man, having also been at those shows. After awhile as he was preparing to be on his way, I went inside and came out with what remained of my tape collection. I offered these to the man, who was surprised to say the least. "Take 'em, friend, I don't see myself listening to them much anymore" He smiled and went his way, carrying what had taken me years to collect under his arm. I guess this was what they would call in Dead talk, "Rock Bottom". I truly thought that I had moved on and left the Dead behind, a collection of fond memories, but little more. Fast forward a few years to the day I broke down and got high-speed internet. As I sat at the keyboard, it must have been fate that guided my fingers, for after a short time, I found this place. Almost on a lark, I downloaded an old favorite show that I had not heard in many years (it was one of the tapes that was given away) Augusta 10/12/84 (yes I know, but it was a personal favorite). After downloading the show, I had it on the car stereo on the way to work the next day and when Morning Dew came crashing through the speakers with all of Jerry's emotional intensity, a little spark that had been dormant for years was re-ignited and my "soul" began to remember that feeling, that "Deadness". I began downloading shows whenever I had time, reading the forum as I did so, getting to know many folks through their postings, but I held back from writing, having a feeling that I had not yet truly come back. After a few months of re-immersing myself in the music and reconnecting with as many old touring buds as I could find, I felt ready. The day I made my first tentative post, I should have titled it what I am listing as the subject tonight. When Paul Atreides utters "The sleeper has awoken", he could be speaking about how I felt that day, having completed my journey back to this family.
If anyone happens to have spoken to someone who said "This dude dropped a bunch of bootlegs on me one day at a yard sale in Phoenix, I kinda felt sorry for him, but lucky too", that's my dude. Ask him how he like the shows.

Holy shit, don't mind me, it's the malt babbling. If you think I talk like this on Scotch, you wouldn't have wanted to be around me in the old days on some clean blotter.

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Poster: deadmax Date: Dec 1, 2006 7:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Sleeper Has Awoken

Malt or no it is a welcom tome on the "experience". I appreciate the story 'cause it could have happened to any of us and probably did.

I never gave away my tapes but I haven't listned to them in a LONG time. I had discovered several sites early on - 2001 or so - and downloaded a bunch of Dead and other stuff too. Then I discovered GDLive and Nugs.net when he was still giving it all away. A lot has changed since then.

Then came the archive. I read about it in an article somewhere and came to discover it. I had downloaded lots of other bands when it dawned on me that maybe the Dead had some music here. Really, that's how much I wasn't paying attention. When I saw all the Dead stuff I about called out for SomeDarkHollow just for a place to stuff my joy. It was truly incredible as you all know (the music, not SDH).

Although I am not a Victim or a Crime of the Scotch Malt I am with you my "Dry Heat" brother in just how crazy it can all get.

As an aside: because of you guys I have ventured to my Spirits store to inquire about Scotch. I'm a bourbon guy all the way and think Scotch is too harsh. The guy at the store today said he was a scotch drinker and felt the same way about bourbon. Go figure.

You, my friend, are a lot braver than you will ever realize. This is the truth.

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Dec 1, 2006 8:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Sleeper Has Awoken

Too harsh? Well, scotch is very similary to tequila. When most people think of tequila, they think Jose Cuervo. For the folks who find Jose harsh and bitter, I make them try a shot of Patron. In most cases, they look at me and say "This is tequila? Holy crap, I never knew!" Scotch is much the same. If you have never sampled the finer single malts (not the more common blended scotch), please do so and then render a final decision. If you have already done so, I will then be content with your preference for a good Kentucky bourbon (which I also sometimes really enjoy). Many years ago I visited the Jack Daniels brewery, amazing place with a great history and in a beautiful part of the country.

This post was modified by SomeDarkHollow on 2006-12-02 04:00:03

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Poster: tigerbolt Date: Dec 1, 2006 8:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Sleeper Has Awoken

i got a twenty year old unopened bottle of bushmill irish whisky that i picked up for 80 dollars and a unopened bottle of johnny walker blue that i paid 140 dollars for,if we get this amsterdam trip going i will bring both bottles with me to pop open with you fine folks.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Dec 1, 2006 8:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Sleeper Has Awoken

oops

This post was modified by direwolf0701 on 2006-12-02 04:35:15

This post was modified by direwolf0701 on 2006-12-02 04:36:13

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Dec 1, 2006 8:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Sleeper Has Awoken

dude??? you bring those and the coffee shop run is on me!!! you rock man!!

:)

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Dec 1, 2006 8:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Sleeper Has Awoken

Tequila??? - nothing better than Don Julio Blanco - the smoothest tequila ever made - and the most dangerous tequila ever made.

glad you enjoyed your libations my friend and an excellent Dune story. Loved the literary series - with you on the movie (right in the middle). Great story though. I'm stuck drinking dewers tonight, so i am still jealous over your fine single malt evening.

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Poster: Max Chorak Date: Dec 1, 2006 9:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Sleeper Has Awoken

tequila? mm... downing sauza right niow. my buddies went to.......................................... hm..m... where di they go. thewy went somewhre, and now i cant jam on guitar with them. its a sad thing, but sadgthings gotta happen for the good things to happen (i thin k )?

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Dec 1, 2006 9:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Sleeper Has Awoken

lmao - do you know which string is what on that Martin my friend -

lol

be nice to it

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Poster: Max Chorak Date: Dec 2, 2006 1:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Sleeper Has Awoken

Ah! i saw your posts regarding my baby (the dreaded dreadnought eh) and I forgot I ever mentioned that I owned a martin. What topic was that posted under when I said i had one?

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Dec 2, 2006 8:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Sleeper Has Awoken

to be honest - i cant remember either

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Dec 2, 2006 4:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Sleeper Has Awoken

SDH - I gave away my girlfriends and kept the tapes. Thanks a lot for the background - I wish I could find the video of that "Morning Dew" from Augusta that used to be on YouTube. --- Ashes

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Dec 2, 2006 7:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Sleeper Has Awoken

If you ever do, plese keep me in mind. I'm aware that Jerry was in a particulary "unkempt" period of his life at that time, but I would love to see it for sentimental reasons.

"You're looking great, really very, very fat and unwell." - Ford Prefect

This post was modified by SomeDarkHollow on 2006-12-03 03:34:59

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Poster: JodyC Date: Dec 2, 2006 3:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Sleeper Has Awoken

That almost made me weep!

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Poster: BryanE Date: Dec 2, 2006 2:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Sleeper Has Awoken

Never apologize for sincerity or for sharing positive vibes. If you have to attribute it liquor, well, whatever.